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Feature: Dana Loffredo

Kimmy’s Garage would like to highlight Dana Loffredo in today’s blog:

During the 2017 racing season, Dana has continued to excel with every race and make a name for herself. Her wins — which include ATCO, MapleGrove, Cecil Independence Day Bash, and Raceway Park — have set her above and beyond the competition. Out of the nine races she has participated in this year, she has already solidified placements in six finals and achieved four incredible wins.

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Dana’s track record has been built upon a stellar 2016 season; including a Raceway Park Points championship, Cecil Independence Day Bash win, and MapleGrove Dutch Classic Wally victory. Dana’s 2016 season tally came out to a triumphant 11 finals and six wins.

These top tiered performances come with dedication, drive, passion, and — of course — a powerful car. Dana’s 1998 FireBird is powered by a big block Chevy with the help of lightning fast stopping power brakes by Aerospace Components. “I love how close I have become with everyone at Aerospace. They are all so nice and truly make you feel like family”, Dana mentioned during her shop tour in Saint Petersburg, Fl. “They welcomed me with open arms. It was an awesome facility to see and I can’t wait to go back and see them again!”.

Dana, you’re always welcome to visit your friends at Aerospace Components. Your partnership is very valuable to us!

The Fast and Furious Firebird

Kimmy’s Garage would like to feature Ray and Brad Cox and their Pontiac Firebird!

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Ray and Brad Cox’s Pontiac Firebird has been running Aerospace Components products for many years. On their TransAm they have AC vacuum pump, battery tray, nitrous bottle mount, and water neck. Most recently they purchased the Titanium Wave Drag Rotors, front and rear! “Our old steel rotors would tend to warp easily with our 3500 lb car, but with Aerospace Components Titanium Drag Rotors we have experienced no warping, even with 50+ passes” states Ray and Brad. With his new Aerospace Titanium rotors he is saving 10 lbs of rotating weight. They say that have improved their ET’s and stopping power with their new rotors. 

 

“We’ve had Aerospace Components racing products on our car for over 10 years and we can attest to the excellent craftsmanship! Not to mention the products are designed and manufactured in America. One of our favorite things about Aerospace is that they are available for tech support Monday-Thursday until 7pm EST, and Friday until 4pm EST. So if we have any questions they are there to assist us” states Brad.

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“One of the most important factors in switching from steel rotors to titanium is to bed the brake pads in, we decided to purchase new brake pads also. We simply followed the instructions per Aerospace’s instruction sheet which can be found online” says Ray.

Ray and Brad have raced with NMCA, Muncie Street Car Shootout, Car Craft Midnight Drags, the Pontiac Nationals, and Ohio Valley Prize Fight. They are especially looking forward to the remaining three NMCA races:

  • Illinois, July 26-29

  • Ohio, August 23-26

  • Indiana, September 20-23

    • (The Indiana event includes a free BBQ on Thursday)

This year you can find them on the Midway featuring more Aerospace Components products! You can also follow Ray and Brad Cox on facebook to see what they are up to!

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Build of the Month: Jason Shumate

Making the Switch: Steel to Titanium

Racer: Jason Shumate

1965 Plymouth Belvedere

Jason recently ran the car at the NHRA Sports Nationals in Bowling Green. He qualified #6 out of 97 Super Stock cars, ran almost a full second under the SS/AA index, and won the Best Appearing Car award out of hundreds of cars! “It was nice to get a bronze Wally that is only given out at the Sports Nats. Should be coming out in National Dragster soon. We made the quickest pass in the car yet at 8.75 during round one of class eliminations” says Jason.

 

He recently made several changes with the motor. Charlie Westcott, Jr. of Parma, MI helps him with all the parts, machine work, and dyno time for the motor. John and Ben Holt of Columbus, OH do all the chassis work and adjustments to keep the car hooked up and going straight.

History of the car: “This car was not an original 1965 A-990 factory race car and was truthfully just about ready for the crusher. It took several donor vehicles and 5 years to get the body all restored, painted, and looking great. Hollis Booker of Memphis, IN did all the restoration, body work, and paint. Mike Quinn of Derby City Car Covers in Louisville, KY did all the custom interior” states Jason.

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Switching from steel to titanium Aerospace rotors: “I started out with all Aerospace parts for the brake system which included the standard steel rotors. The changes I have made to the brake system this year was switching out to titanium front and rear rotors, installing new rear hats, and changing to the new brake pads. The change over was easy because all the parts from Aerospace are interchangeable, which means I reused all my calipers and the front hubs. It’s difficult in a Super Stock car sometimes to exactly pinpoint what change made a car improve the numbers on your time slip because we are usually adjusting several things at once, but a lot of little things add up and become fewer and farther between the more you refine your setup. Switching to the titanium rotors was too easy of a weight loss not to do, and has to be part of the cars improvements. This 65 Plymouth Belvedere is a natural B Class car per the NHRA Car Classification Guide, so we have went to great lengths and expenses to save all the weight we can and be able to run this car competitively up one class in A Class. The titanium rotor change lost 10lbs off the car” says Jason.

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Jason plans to attend the NHRA Indianapolis and Chicago points races in July to get grade points so he can run the U.S. Nationals again this coming Labor Day weekend!

NHRA Sportsnationals 2018 highlights of Jason:

 

Kevin White: Fueling Up With Aerospace Components!

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Kimmy’s Garage would like to feature Kevin White on today’s blog!

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Kevin has been involved with many types of racing over time, mainly through business. From Indy Cars to NASCAR. Dick Simon racing with Scott Pruitt driving. Race enduro’s and hare scrambles for 22 years. Dirt bikes.

He was involved with White Creek Stables, Delaware OH. Standard breads, pacers and trotters. “Always have had fast cars over time. A little street racing every now and then? Started running in true street 2014, but I was using a collector car in that series, 1973 matching numbers Berger Camaro. I’m the third owner. Great car. 1/6 made at Berger. Other 5 are no where to be found. 383 stroker, high tens” says Kevin.

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He then decided to jump into open comp, then into super comp in NHRA. Very first NHRA division 3 event of the last year was his first event for the Nova. “Pulled up to the staging lane, and was first in line with a dragster. Was told I’m in the wrong lane, but explained I wasn’t, look at SC. All was settled and went up to stage, it was fun. Many fans and drivers” says Kevin of his first experience at the line.

He Ran number 1 qualifier 890.1. 8.90 is the index. “This is old school, no box, or throttle stops. Old school racing against computers race cars. Every seat time gets better. They can be beat” says Kevin.

 

 

“Had a good run in Division 3 NHRA, Hebron OH. Had the biggest fan base at my trailer. These super comp dragsters even routing for the Nova. When they found out is was just me and my weights to slow it down, is old school of way of doing it. (8.90)”

Kevin will be running in the US Nationals, 2018.

He also races with NMCA events in the Open Comp Class. 

There are 3 more NMCA events in 2018

July 26-29th *Illinois ~ Route 66 Raceway

August 23-26th * Ohio ~ Summit Motorsports Park

September 20-23rd * Indiana ~ Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis

“We are getting better and are going to win! Thanks to Aerospace Components for supporting NMCA as a major sponsor and for creating a great fuel pump!” says Kevin. He hopes to celebrate in the Aerospace Components winner’s circle in 2018!

 

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Robert Chuhran: Street Lightning Racer & Veteran!

Kimmy’s Garage would like to feature Robert Chuhran in today’s blog!

 

Military Background: CWO2 Robert B. Chuhran

He was drafted in 1967, and after basic and Surveyor School, he waited for orders to attend Flight School in April. After flight school he went straight to Vietnam as a Helicopter pilot in November of 1968! “I had a hard time there and took small arms fire in a small helo called a Loach and went down. Then I flew a Huey for a month but that was also shot down in 27 days! Then I got my big chance in a Cobra Attack Helicopter until that was shot down by an RPG. I woke up in Japan 6 days later, but they (the Army) figured I had enough of Vietnam! I then got orders for Korea after a month in the hospital! There I was in an Artillery outfit for 10 months working as a clerk in Battalion Headquarters! After that I got a job in the USO running a craft shop and flying model airplanes for my last 18 months in the Army!!”

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Robert began his racing career in 2000 at the World Ford Challenge, racing his 1999 Ford Lightning. By 2001 he had already won the Street Lightning class! In 2004 he went to his first race in Bradenton, after the the Fun Ford Weekend race in Orlando. He continued to attend the Bradenton race as well as the Fun Ford Weekend for a couple years until he decided to switch to all NMRA. He has continued racing in NMRA every year since then and has even made it into the Aerospace Components Winners Circle! 

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Car specs:

  • Ford GT aluminum block

  • Bored and stroked with a Kenny Bell 4.7L supercharger

  • The engine was built by Johnny “Lightning” Wiker Jr and currently is using Big Stuff 3 for tuning

  • Engine output can be up to 860 HP!

  • Aerospace Components front and rear brakes

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“The reason I use Aerospace Components brakes is they are extremely lightweight and stop my truck every time after a pass down the 1/4 mile. They serve me well! I have great confidence in Aerospace Components brakes to get me stopped safely!” says Robert.

Robert continues to race this season and is getting used to his new engine and transmission, as well as using a transbrake. “As always my significant other Pamala supports my efforts of trying to win another Championship and compete in this sport of ours!” says Robert of his success.

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We are glad to have Robert as a part of our Aerospace Components team!

Thank you for your service, Robert!

 

Follow Robert’s Racing In 2018 at the NMRA Events : 

*JUNE  7-10th OHIO AT NATIONAL TRAIL RACEWAY

*JULY 26-29 ILLINOIS AT Route 66 RACEWAY

*SEPTEMBER 27-30 KENTUCKY BEECH BEND RACEWAY PARK

 

Build of the Month: Rose Racing

This month we are featuring Rose Racing and their recently updated Aerospace Components Titanium Rotors!

Rose Racing:
Chuck Rose, Matt Rose, Brad Rose

NHRA Stock Eliminator

​1972 Plymouth Duster – 340CI Mopar Engine

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Rose Racing decided to upgrade their 1972 Plymouth Duster with brand new Aerospace Components Titanium Wave Rear Drag Race Rotors!

 

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“They were a direct bolt on from the steel rotors and fit perfectly on the original hats. Rotating weight saved per side was 3 lbs 3ounces. I estimated it improved my quarter mile ET by  at least .01 (ie from 11.05 to 11.04), which in stock eliminator racing is a huge plus on the qualifying sheet! They also seem to improve my reaction time. Thanks again for a great product.” says Chuck Rose of Rose Racing.

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NEW PRODUCT: Titanium Drag Race Wave Front Rotors!

NOW AVAILABLE!

Aerospace Components
Titanium Drag Race Wave Front Rotors

Complete your set with both Front and Rear Drag Race Wave Rotors!

Aerospace Components Wave Rotor

Features:

  • Billet Brake Calipers with ‘Zero Drag’ technology built in

  • Less rotating mass/weight

  • More durable than carbon fiber

  • Faster ET’s

  • Floater rotors for spindle mount wheels

  • HUGE weight savings!
    Front Rotors weigh 1.9lbs versus steel 5.6lbs
    Rear Rotors weigh 2.4lbs versus steel 5.6lbs

  • Withstand extreme temperatures

  • Highest resistance against distortion, warping, wear

  • Will fit any Aerospace Drag Race Brake Kit

  • No special brake pads required

  • Made in the USA

  • Currently in stock

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Behind the scenes look at how it’s made:

 

 

Call Aerospace Components at
727-347-9915 for pricing!

Wonder & Fury: Keith Rhea

Kimmy’s Garage would like to feature Keith Rhea and Wonder Racing on today’s blog!

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Keith runs limited drag radial (series), radial versus modified (World Cup finals), Gt500 vs term shootout, and this year Outlaw true street.

His accomplishments include:

King of the Hill winner (BG 2017 NMRA)

King of the 4v 2017 (Modnationals)

Qualified 12th radial vs modified WCF 2017

Best 1/4 7.17@196

Best 1/8 4.63@161

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“I have used all types of brake components, but a year or so ago for my car and my customer’s cars I went strictly to Aerospace.  The reason was simple.  At my local track with a short shutdown I went through the traps at 187 and had parachute failure.  I had just installed my new Aerospace brakes on the rear and already had them on the front.  The Aerospace brakes allowed me to get the car to a stop with no damage and not going off the track.  If I wasn’t sold before on Aerospace, I was then and always will be.  Not to mention how amazing Kim and Al have been to myself and supporting my race program.” says Keith.

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Keith plans to race a lot this year.  Both Ducks Lights out events, Outlaw Street Car Reunion, Street Car Takeover in Ohio on June 23, The Warrior Outlaws Series and Yellowbullet Nationals, World Cup finals, and ModNationals. “Pretty much any radial race I can get to I’ll be there” says Keith.

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“I couldn’t do any of this without the support of my amazing friends that go to the races and help me work on the car, without my beautiful wife who stays behind and takes care of our beautiful 5 month old daughter, and most of all with the support of companies such as Aerospace who understand and value the partnerships they have with racers.” says Keith of the secret to his success!

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Car specs:

  • 2004 Cobra

  • 25.3 Chassis by Cage Rage Fabrications

  • 5.4L 2011-2012 GT500 Block w/ Darton custom sleeves, Billet Winberg crankshaft, 300M Manley rods, Custom diamond pistons, Fox Lake ported Gt heads, Todd Warren Spec’d camshafts, Wonder Racing timing components, machine work my PR Engine rebuilders, Blueprinted and assembled in house at Wonder Racing LLC

  • Aviaid Dry sump system with Billet oil pan

  • M1 fuel with a lil Bertha pump feeding twin Billet Atomizer injectors per cylinder 225s and 550s

  • Trans – Reid case power glide, sunnes 1.58 billet gear set, billet valve body, Custom ProTotque EV1 converter

  • PST Carbon Fiber Driveshaft

  • Holley EFI Dominator w/ custom harness built by Wonder Racing LLC

  • Quick Performance sponsored Ford 9″ w/ 40 spline axles, spool, Strange Ultra HD case, 9.5″ pro gear

  • Billet Specialties wheels, Carbon Doors, Optic Armor front and rear windows

  • And lastly front and rear Aerospace brakes with currently titanium rear rotors.

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Build of the Month: Jeremiah Burgess

This month we are featuring Jeremiah Burgess and his recently upgraded Cobra Mustang!

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Racer: Jeremiah Burgess

2004 Cobra Mustang Coupe 

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  • He recently changed his setup with all new UPR and Aerospace Parts
  • Features: new blower, new intake, wheels, even upgraded trailer from an old equipment trailer that the car barely fit on!
  • 2004 OXFORD white coupe, 80k on body and trans and less than 2k on suspension
  • LESS THAN 500 miles on engine, blower and rest of build
  • Was built to spec for NHRA ON THE NMRA Ford muscle class
  • Accufab short block
  • Custom cam, Brian tooley springs, and 5 angle valve job
  • Bosh 105 LBS injectors
  • On3 coolant cross over delete
  • Mishimoto radiator
  • 2013 GT500 heat exchanger with J2 FLOW Mod, J2 FLOW mod on intercooler, J2 ALTERNATOR
  • Innovative balancer
  • XS power battery in UPR trunk box
  • Battery shut off
  • All innovate motor sport gauges
  • Aerospace Components front and rear brakes
  • All UPR Front rear suspension
  • K-member
  • Strange shocks
  • SRA WITH 35 spline Strange Axle’s and S Trac diff with 355 gears
  • T56 26 spline with quick time bell housing
  • McLeod RXT, McLeod fly wheel
  • UPR drive shaft loop
  • Jacking rails and sub connectors
  • 1320 junkie intake with pmas housing and slot meter
  • VMP GEN 2
  • GT500 throttle body and plenum
  • Nitrous – 3 bottles, heaters
  • AEROSPACE COMPONENTS billet bracket
  • PNR WELDINNG ice tank 1 inch COOLANT lines
  • UPR dual vented catch can
  • Race star 15×3.75 15×10 in grey
  • Race star 92s 17×7 15×10 polished
  • New uninstalled carbon trunk and tons of other carbon parts

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**He hopes to have a Wolfe Race Craft Full 10 Point Cage and Kirkey Seats on the car by the Ohio Race!

“I love my Aerospace brakes! They perform phenomenally and are super lightweight great fit, amazing quality. And also great customer service and friendly! Knowledgeable staff and the owners Al and Kim go above and beyond to help you out.” says Jeremiah

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Jeremiah’s Sponsor List:

  • Hoosier Tire South

  • VMP

  • UPR

  • PRO DYNO

  • Innovate Motorsports

  • XS Power Batteries

  • Mishimoto

  • Race Ramps

  • Aerospace Components Inc

  • ACE Trailers

  • 1320 Junkie Performance

  • Renegade Race Fuels

  • Morgan & Hunt Oil

  • With SLAKK MOTORSPORTS AS HIS TEAM

Parisi Strives for Perfection!

Kimmy’s Garage would like to feature Chris Parisi on today’s blog!

Chris Parisi has been making passes down the local Florida dragstrips since the early 1990’s. His first passes were in a 1984 Mustang GT that he shared with his dad Joe.

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Between 1990 and 2001 he mainly stayed local and only raced events in Florida and Georgia, staying close to his current hometown of Jacksonville, FL. Then he saw the advertisements for the 2002 Fun Ford Weekend series and that they were giving away cars to the champions in a few of the classes – including a new one for Focus drivers. Chris quickly devised a plan to convince his grandmother to let him take her leased Focus out on the road and race it. It took several detailing sessions and a bunch of promises that he would be safe to convince her, and she finally said yes. It was a blast racing her 2000 Focus all around the nation and he won the Norwalk FFW event that season finishing 4th in points! From that year forward, Chris was hooked on travel racing. His dad started traveling with him and over the years we’ve made lifelong friends across the east coast and Midwest. They won the 2007 FFW series Championships together in their respective classes, dad in Mod Comp and Chris in Ultra-Stang, which was an awesome year!!

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“Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to win 7 Championships, a Most Feared Sportsman Driver in Gainesville 2000, a Money-Man (most cashes in a season at Jax Raceways in 2003) and was voted the NMRA’s 2016 Driver of Year for all racers combined.” says Chris.

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In 2011 he finished 2nd in the NMRA SST points and didn’t have the finances to travel race for a few seasons in 2012-2015. He did have a few local season points runner-up finishes in the Gainesville Raceway’s Sportsman and Open Comp classes. Then with the help from sponsors, family and friends, Chris started racing the NMRA series again in 2016 and finished #2 in the new Ford Muscle Class, then him and his wife Sarah purchased a 2016 3.7 Guard Green Mustang and was #2 in the NMRA Super Stang class in 2017.

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“I must admit; social media has opened many avenues to contact companies, share photos and race results and obtain and keep sponsors happy. Keith Keplinger from Keplinger Designs recently said, ‘No one works harder for their sponsors than Chris Parisi! And you can quote me on that!!'” — Chris

“I have a goal to win the NMRA Super Stang Championship this year and that means I’m going to be spending time in my favorite place at the end of a race weekend and that’s the Aerospace Components Winners Circle!!!” — Chris Parisi

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Chris Parisi Achievements

2010 JDM Engineering Super Stang World Champion

2009 JDM Engineering Super Stang World Champion

2008 Gainesville Raceway True Street Track Champion

2007 FFW Ultra Stang World Champion

2006 FFW F/Z World Champion

2003 Jax Raceways Sportsman Track Champion

2000 Gainesville Raceway Sportsman Track Champion

“I love the competition drag racing presents and especially bracket racing where anyone with a car and a desire can compete and win at multiple levels!!! Even with a daily driven car that they can drive to and from every event without having to trailer it like myself – giving sponsors basically 24/7/365 exposure!” says Chris.

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Celebrating in the Aerospace Components Winners Circle! Next Stop NMRA/NMCA: Atlanta ~JOIN US!~

Kimmy’s Garage and Aerospace Components are getting ready to attend the Atlanta race!

THIS WEEKEND: April 7th & 8th

500 E Ridgeway Rd, Commerce, GA 30529

Featuring True Street and Class/Bracket Winners!

This week we want to feature those who won on the NMCA/NMRA at Bradenton Motorsports Park 2018.

Winners of the Bradenton NMCA Race 2018:

Winners of the Bradenton NMRA Race 2018:

 

“The NMCA/NMRA has partnered with Aerospace Components for 8 years to present the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle – making the accomplishment of winning even more of a celebration. The Aerospace Components Winners Circle experience is second to none in the drag racing world, where every winner actually owns the winners circle for a period of time.”

Always a great celebration! Congratulations to all the winners!!

Looking forward to Atlanta!

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